Miacalcin

(calcitonin)

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Treats high calcium levels and prevents bone loss.

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Miacalcin (calcitonin) can be used for osteoporosis, but it is not a first choice because there are more effective medications available.

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Quick facts about calcitonin
  • Drug class: Musculoskeletal
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (calcitonin)

Upsides

  • Using the nasal spray causes fewer side effects than the injectable version.
  • Can help with bone pain if you've had a recent fracture.
  • Available in generic.
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Downsides

  • Miacalcin (calcitonin) is not as effective as other medications used to stop bone loss or lower calcium levels.
  • You're at a higher risk for certain cancers while taking Miacalcin (calcitonin).
  • If you're allergic to fish, you might also be allergic to Miacalcin (calcitonin).
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How it works

Miacalcin (calcitonin) blocks the cells that break down bone. This makes stronger bones and lowers calcium levels in the blood.

Quick facts about calcitonin
  • Drug class: Musculoskeletal
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (calcitonin)

Dosage forms

  • Nasal spray
  • Injection
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What to expect when you take Miacalcin (calcitonin) for Paget's Disease

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Side effect rates for Miacalcin (calcitonin)

From 472 clinical trials of calcitonin when taken for postmenopausal osteoporosis
  • Stuffy nose
    12%12%
    7%7%
  • Nose irritation
    11%11%
    16%16%
  • Back pain
    5%5%
    2%2%
  • Joint pain
    4%4%
    5%5%
  • Bloody nose
    4%4%
    5%5%
  • Headache
    3%3%
    5%5%
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Where we got our data »

The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of calcitonin.

Miacalcin (calcitonin)
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People taking calcitonin felt side effect more

People taking calcitonin felt side effect less

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Risks and Warnings for Miacalcin (calcitonin)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Allergy to fish

    Miacalcin (calcitonin) is similar to a compound that's in salmon. If you are or think you're allergic to fish, you should get tested first before using Miacalcin (calcitonin), since it can set off a reaction. If you notice any difficulty breathing, or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat, stop the medication and go to the emergency room right away.